Discussion Guide for Student Chapter Facilitation from Racial and Ethnic Relations
( Feagin & Feagin , 2012)
Name: Liset Rosas
Title of Chapter: English Americans and the Anglo-Protestant Culture
1. Answer the following questions for your assigned chapter and present them in your overview to the class. Submit your this form with completed questions on Blackboard under the assignment tab, “Chapter Facilitation Questions”
• Why did this group come to the United States?
English people, also referred to as Anglo Protestants, came to the United States to profit from the land acquired form Native Americans. Their motives included establishing new trading posts, sources of raw materials, and markets for English goods. Additionally, some English people had Protestant missionary objectives and wanted to escape from the overpopulation in their country.
• What were the push and pull factors involved in immigration/emigration of this group?
The push factors involved in the immigration of the English people included overpopulation, poverty, and unemployment in England. The pull factors involved in the immigration of English people were freedom, economic wealth, land ownership, and business advancement.
• Historically, what (if any) discrimination did this group face?
This group did not face any discrimination. English people colonized North America in large numbers and greatly influenced the dominant culture of America.
• Historically, what specific laws and policies impacted their immigration and assimilation into the United States? How did these laws and policies impact their experiences?
There were no specific laws or policies that impacted the immigration and assimilation of English people into the United States. Instead, English Americans heavily influenced political and legal institutions, such as the creation of The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. These policies positively impacted their experiences by protecting their properties and wealth. Additionally, English Americans created the norms for the assimilation of other immigrant groups.
• Describe the current/present day experience of the ethnic group in terms of political, social and economic power. In other words, how has structural power or oppression impacted their current status in the United States?
In the present day, English Americans are the third largest ethnic group in the United States. However, structural power has impacted their status in dominance over economic and political institutions in the United States. Statistically, they are highly educated and economically better than off than those in the total U.S. population. They have also had political advantages in officeholding since about two-thirds of the U.S. presidents had English ancestry. American culture is heavily based from the early influence of English people.
2. Create 1-2 questions to facilitate class discussion, after you complete your presentation. Write the question below.
Why do you think English Americans have maintained dominance over their influence on America’s religious, economic, and political institutions?